The vision of our committee is to represent the congregation here, the worldwide body of Christ, and Jesus himself in the selection of missions that are in harmony with the works which he commanded that we do; to “evangelize the world’! Our goal is to raise the level of understanding about the missions that we support, to provide opportunities to visit local mission projects and to increase congregational involvement in missions.
MISSION OF THE MONTH for April
CUBA SISTER CHURCH
The Mission Emphasis for April is Canamazo Methodist Church in Cuba I look forward to sharing some information about our sister church and my trip to Cuba this past November on April 12th. Canamazo Methodist Church is in a very rural area. The church continues to grow. They have 100 adult members and there are 35 children in the congregation. They now have three missions in the outlying area. They have a feeding program and one Sunday a month the mission congregations come on Sunday and they worship and eat together. There are over 120 adults on those days.
Pastor Osvaldo is very proud of his motorcycle that he uses for transportation which we helped to buy a few years ago. It was wonderful to share with Pastor Osvaldo and Belkis all the gifts that we sent and cash that they use for their feeding program and other needs of the church. They are going to use some of the money that we sent for wall mount fans for the sanctuary.
The Canamazo Church is a short walk from the parsonage. It is in pretty good shape. With the money we sent after tropical storm Sandy, they were able to fix damage that the church and parsonage had enough and help many in the community as well. The congregation at Canamazo prays continually for our church and the second Saturday of each month they gather to fast and pray for us.
We can support Canamazo Church and our brothers and sisters in Christ in Cuba with much needed prayers as well. There are also some other ways to help:
Feeding Program - 25 cents per person per week
Feeding Program Canamazo church - $100 per month for entire congregation
Bibles - $2 each
Cell phone minutes for pastor - $25
Bicycle for Pastor - $80
Pastor’s Salary 1 month - $30
Pastor Support 1 year - $360
Other Mission Opportunities Throughout the Year:
CUBA SISTER CHURCH
We support our sister church in Canamazo, Cuba. The funds raised will help them feed the people in the town, pay the pastor's salary, and support them in their ministry.
ECHO's Mission is to equip people with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.
ENUMC College Scholarship Fund
January has been designated “Scholarship Month” by the Missions Committee of ENUMC. All monies raised by mission contributions during January will go toward financially assisting students from this church family.
Students complete an extensive application that is then “blindly” reviewed by the scholarship committee. One requirement for consideration is that the student is a member of ENUMC and a faith statement is always included in the applications as well. Additionally, each student’s church activity, financial need, academics, etc. are part of the scholarship application process.
FLORIDA UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
51 Children's Way
Enterprise, FL 32725
GLORISO DIA FOUNDATION IN COSTA RICA
Helping the growth of the youth of Costa Rica. Shelters that work together to restore the lives of at risk youth.
GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
On a local and very personal level, individuals come to the church seeking help and support when times and situations bring about hardships in their lives. Jobs are lost, illness occurs, children have needs – so they ask for help from God’s people. This fund allows our pastors to deal directly with these folks with monies given for that very purpose. To bring real and quick relief to genuine needs results in all being blessed and God being glorified.
Grace Place is a faith based, non-profit, neighborhood education center teaching literacy, language, and life skills to at-risk children & working poor families in Golden Gate city.
The main program areas are:
Bright Beginnings – We teach the mothers of young children (birth to five) skills they need to help their young children grow and thrive.
School-Age Programs – After-school tutoring, mentoring, summer day camp, and youth development programs help the students succeed in school & life.
Family Literacy – Literacy programs enable parents to achieve better employment, provide for family needs, participate in their children’s schools, and become contributing members of the community.
Food Ministry – Every Friday Grace Place provides a simple bag of groceries, bakery products, and fresh produce to families having trouble making ends meet.
We will be collecting food and cash to help this wonderful ministry. The cash will be used in a similar way to our Good Samaritan Fund helping those who need emergency help. Helps Outreach has many services that they provide free to those in need in our community. If you have furniture, they will come pick it up and give it free to those who need it. Call Joe at (239) 287-1159 to schedule a pick-up. They are open 10am-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Check out their website at www.helpsoutreachinc.org or contact them at 239-593-3226. They are located at 2025 J&C Blvd. Units 1-4.
Food Drive – When people visit the Food Pantry at Helps Outreach they are not given a prepackaged bag of food but are allowed to choose foods off the shelf according to their families tastes and needs. The Food Pantry is currently in need of pasta, pasta sauce, 1-3 pound bags of rice, bags of dried black beans, canned soups (tomato, cream of mushroom & chicken noodle), pork & beans, peanut butter & jelly and canned vegetables (peas or corn). They also have a need for newborn – size 3 diapers.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES
To demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Just fill a shoebox with gifts for a child. Last year 8 million children across the world received shoeboxes. Children in over 130 countries have received shoeboxes since 1993.
STORM RACING MINISTRY
With the closing of the Punta Gorda Speedway, Dick and Kay Stone have moved their ministry to the Desoto Speedway at Bradenton, Florida. This has increased their expenses because now they drive 280 miles each Saturday race night. This also makes it much later on Saturday nights (Sunday morning) for their drive home. They covet your prayers for travel mercies. Even with the additional expenses, they feel they must continue to answer their call into this unique ministry of sharing God’s love to the racing community. They continue to thank those in our church family and organizations who contribute to the ministry. Remember STORM stands for Short Track Outreach Racing Ministry. Any contributions during February would be greatly appreciated. May God Bless, Dick and Kay Stone
Sunlight Home was established 19 years ago as a long term shelter for pregnant women and teens. Many of the residents are homeless or have been abused and abandoned. The goal for each resident is to have a healthy pregnancy and remain drug, alcohol and smoke free. Each mom receives prenatal care, counseling, child birth classes, parenting classes, the option of adoption, job skills and financial planning.
THE JESUS FILM PROJECT
Eric & Allison Foster with the Jesus Film Project. Since 1979, the JESUS film has been translated into over 1100 languages. Through an astonishing 6 billion viewings, over 250 million people have indicated decisions to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Many areas of the world need additional video-based evangelism and follow-up materials, enabling them to share the Gospel and teach new believers how to walk with Jesus every day.